dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #224
Margaret E Parks
meparks at mtholyoke.edu
Tue Sep 26 22:25:27 EDT 2000
Congratulations. I hope you'll be really happy. I'm throwing lots of
electronic birdseed your way.
On Tue, 26 Sep 2000, Gili Bar-Hillel wrote:
> Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 14:12:36 GMT
> From: Gili Bar-Hillel <abhillel at hotmail.com>
> Reply-To: dwj at suberic.net
> To: dwj at suberic.net
> Subject: Re: dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #224
> Thanks for remembering me, Elise ;-)
> I wrote Rebecca privately, and told her I'd be happy to trade her Harry
> Potter books in Hebrew - signed by the translator - for some good reading
> material. I extend the same offer to whoever else may be interested.
> The only DWJ that has ever been translated into Hebrew is, AFAIK, "Nad and
> Dan adn Quaffy", as part of a collection of short stories. I've been trying
> to look it up but no luck so far, the publisher no longer has copies.
> "Charmed Life" should be out in Hebrew in about a year, at which point I'll
> be happy to trade copies of that as well!
> Another online store for books in Hebrew is http://www.mitos.co.il
> Amazon has stores in German and French, and Books Online have stores in a
> number of European languages, including Italian (I think its www.bol.it)
> I've just returned from a 4-day surprise honeymoon. Our wedding, exactly a
> week ago, went by in a blur of happy faces. I though we would be spending
> the weekend in Eilat - an extremely sunny resort city on the red sea - but
> when we arrived at the airport for what ought to have been a local flight,
> my new husband , Hemmy, surprised me by pulling out two tickets to Paris. It
> took me a while to decide whether I was more furious or delighted. I just
> know I'll be teased for the rest of my life for insisting on packing a
> bottle of #34 sunblock.
> Anyway, just to keep this on topic, I'm happy to report that W.H. Smith in
> Paris had stacks and stacks of new DWJ books (in English), including a few
> copies of "Fire and Hemlock" that cost significantly less than $70. The
> cover was one I had never seen before, but is surprisingly un-hideous, more
> than I can say for the newly designed "Worlds of Chrestomanci" books with
> the holes in them and the ugly abracadabra Chrestomanci.
> I bought "Mixed Magics", which I found dissapointing. It looks like a
> desperate attempt to pad out the Chrestomanci series, which doesn't really
> gel for me as a series to begin with: Chrestomanci is only the main
> character in one of them, and even there he is unrecognisable as himself...
> These are not DWJ's best short stories, and "Stealer of Souls", the only new
> story in the collection, left me a bit cold. I was also annoyed that one of
> the stories described Tonino as having almost flawless English, while in
> another ("Carol O'Neir's 100th Dream") he seems to have a very heavy Italian
> I also bought "Cordelia's Honor" and the next in line in that series, as
> everyone here seems to love them, but I can't comment on them yet - I think
> Hemmy would have felt left out had I spend the entire honeymoon reading my
> new books.
> Someone actually has brought up the books signed from DWJ to her mother on
> this list before. I don't think anyone had a good answer. Mystifying, no?
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